Health Care Management Papers

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

2010

Publication Source

Journal of Economic Perspectives

Volume

24

Issue

2

Start Page

109

Last Page

128

DOI

10.1257/jep.24.2.109

Abstract

This paper uses a new data source, American Mathematics Competitions, to examine the gender gap among high school students at very high achievement levels. The data bring out several new facts. There is a large gender gap that widens dramatically at percentiles above those that can be examined using standard data sources. An analysis of unobserved heterogeneity indicates that there is only moderate variation in the gender gap across schools. The highest achieving girls in the U.S. are concentrated in a very small set of elite schools, suggesting that almost all girls with the ability to reach high math achievement levels are not doing so.

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Copyright ©2010 AEA

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

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